Clarkston event a valentine from immigrants to America

Clarkston is considered the most diverse square mile in the United States, also dubbed the “Ellis Island of the South.”

The city declared Feb. 14 “Clarkston Loves Refugees Day” and the Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies (CRSA) held a press conference in the city to discuss its 2016 report about immigrants and refugees in Georgia.

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Executive order on immigration worries Clarkston residents and elected officials

The Clarkston City Council held a special called meeting on Jan. 31 concerning a recent Presidential Executive Order.

The order affects refugees, green-card holders and dual citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. Clarkston has a large immigrant and refugee community and is one of the most diverse sities in the nation.

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Fleming: Archaeology Goes Beyond Politics

Known as “Mr. Archaeology,” Fleming considers himself a Christian Zionist, but he is not some conservative, Bible-thumping proselytizer. For him, it is important to have a balanced view on the Middle East. “I have always had Jewish and Palestinian friends. When I lead tour groups, I alternatively hire Jewish and Arab bus companies.”

Read more here in the Atlanta Jewish Times

An American Jew in Kurdistan

There are roughly 200,000 Jews of Kurdish origin living in Israel, descendants of the Jewish community of Kurdistan, which mostly made aliyah in 1950-1952, along with the rest of Iraqi Jewry, as part of the Israeli airlift code-named “Operation Ezra and Nehemiah.” There is a smattering of mostly secretive Crypto-Jews remaining in Iraqi Kurdistan (formally known as the Kurdistan Region of Iraq) called BenJews those whose ancestors converted to Islam but who are still vaguely aware of their Jewish origins.

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Why Georgia’s No Place for Hate Crimes Law

More than 5,400 hate crimes were reported in the United States in 2014, but Georgia reported only 56 in 2015, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenansaid.

That’s not because Georgia is a state too busy to hate, but because it is one of five states that do not have hate crimes legislation. So Georgia does not have mandatory reporting of hate crimes or any statewide definition of what constitutes a hate crime.

Read more here in the Atlanta Jewish Times.

Faith Leaders Target Safety With Police Ties

DeKalb County is Georgia’s first county to implement such an action plan, partially because of a strong willingness among community leaders and partially because it is the most diverse county in the state. DeKalb’s policies will spread to other metro Atlanta counties and ultimately throughout Georgia.

Read more here in the Atlanta Jewish Times

Ceiling Fans, Home-Grown Vegetables, Other Ways To Save A Bundle

Our first child just arrived, so our family discussions about expenses, budgeting, and how to save in general also include the demand of a new addition. We know we need to start saving every dollar going forward. Though we are new to owning a home, we are not new to cost cutting, and we have learned many tricks over years of frugal apartment living. In a very short period, we agreed on several simple ways to save more every month. Here is a short list of five such ways:

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